Updated and expanded, Creating a Web Site in Dreamweaver CS4: Visual QuickProject Guide is your best bet for quickly learning this sometimes complex program. (If you're looking for the accompanying example files, they're here.) Like all the Visual QuickProject titles, it uses big, color illustrations coupled with clear, concise step-by-step instructions to show you how to complete one specific project in a matter of hours. Coverage of how to use Dreamweaver's pre-built CSS layouts has been expanded. The focus is on how to build a site using CSS—without having to learn all the ins and outs of Cascading Style Sheets.
The other major Web site creation tool is the focus of Microsoft Expression Web 2 for Windows VQS, a complete update of my previous edition. In Expression Web 2, Microsoft has added support for PHP backed sites and made it easy to work with PHP. Other new features include: Silverlight support and new editing capabilities for Flash SWF and Windows Media files. Peachpit has posted a sample chapter on working with text.
My other recent book, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2: Visual QuickStart Guide, shows you how to get started using what many digital photographers consider the best program available. As explained in this sample chapter, Lightroom's database-driven Library module gives it a big edge over its more well-known cousin, Photoshop. While both programs offer you vast photographic powers, Lightroom’s Library module offers the most efficient way to pick, label, rate, and otherwise identify individual photos amid the incoming digital flood.